Bernie Sanders joins 2020 race for American presidency
Washington, Feb 20: Septuagenarian Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has decided to join the race for the presidency in 2020 and launched his campaign on Tuesday, February 19. The independent senator is the latest to join the crowded presidential fray of the Democratic Party which already has a number of women.
Sanders lost the race to Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election and she eventually lost to Republican Donald Trump, the current president. Sanders has been a leading ideological voice in the Democratic camp even though he has been an independent senator. The man has called for drastic changes for business houses and well-to-do American people and thinks his radical ideas are as popular as they were in 2016.
Sanders' key issues:
Some of the key issues that Sanders has his position on are:
- Healthcare (he introduced a bill to transition to Medicare for All, whereby every American would get healthcare through the government)
- Labour (he has backed for a minimum wage of $15 per hour and asked the companies to give a hike to their workers)
- Taxes (Sanders wants to expand estate tax and has opposed the Republican tax plan which was passed in December 2017 saying it only bolstered the corporations and the rich)
- Climate change (he has backed a version of the New Green Deal that aims to drastically reshape the American economy to curb carbon emission)
- Education (he wants to make community college tuition-free and get rid of tuition at four-year universities for students who come from families having an income of $125,000 or less).